Breakout Sessions

Session 1 - Friday, August 24, 2018 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

1A We Take Care of Our Own - Building Rural Mental Health Awareness

This session will discuss breaking the stigma and building awareness and support regarding mental health and suicide in the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" culture of America.

1B Strengths Based and Culturally Safe Care Coordination: An Integrative Approach

This session will describe the only State funded comprehensive case management program that is being implemented on tribal lands in the State of New Mexico. The program integrates both primary care, acute, and behavioral health needs of SMI/SED clientele.

1C The Psychology of Viktor Frankl in Rural and Frontier American

The results of a clinical practicum exploring the use of Frankl's therapy in a rural setting are presented. Included will be an overview of Frankl's approach and a summary of its current evidence base.

1D Behavioral Health Workforce Shortages and Associated Behavioral Healthcare Utilization in a Rural, Underserved State: The First Step in Widening Access is Knowing

A research presentation of an analysis of healthcare workforce data and behavioral health care utilization data from New Mexico that demonstrates that workforce shortages in rural communities are a critical barrier in access to behavioral health care

1E1 Fostering Leadership: Creating Pathways to Careers in Behavioral Health

In this session, the importance of exposing high school students to behavioral health professions in rural areas will be covered as well as how to train teachers and evaluate implementation.

1E2 Findings and Implications of Using a Brief-Merged Behavioral Health Screen with Primary Care Patients in a Rural Alaska Region

This presentation will discuss the findings of the BMBHS created for use in a rural Alaska setting primary care clinic with data that was collected over a one-year period.

Session 2 - Friday, August 24, 2018 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

2A Veterans Return to Rural: The Challenges and Strategies to Help

Learn about veterans and their challenges when they return to rural communities and discuss strategies and peer interventions to overcome those obstacles.

2B Rural Responses to the Opioid Crisis Shown by Claims Data

Using private healthcare claims data, this session will spotlight rural areas, comparing them to urban areas and to each other to show how rural communities are addressing the opioid epidemic.

2C Trials and Tribulations of Growth in Nevada: Perseverance Through Connection

This session will show the development of the Community Chest in rural Nevada and the trials and tribulations of growth, identifying the importance and "how to" of coalition building as a means of maintaining resiliency.

2D Using DBT to Insure Successful Practicum Experiences within Rural Schools

This presentation will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and its incorporation in graduate student practicum supervision to insure success for both the academic supervisor and graduate practicum students.

2E Trauma Informed Care: A Way to Combat the Rural Opioid Epidemic

This panel will provide a collaborative space for rural mental health provides to learn and discuss the principles of trauma informed care to improve quality of care in rural communities.

Session 3 - Friday, August 24, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

3A1 Supporting Rural Communities Facing the Opioid Crisis: The Potential Role of Cooperative Extension

The impact of the Opioid crisis on the rural US will be discussed, as well as innovative models for how Cooperative Extension can support rural communities affected by Opioids.

3A2 Innovative Approaches to Addressing Opioid Use Disorder: New Mexico

NM Opioid STR Initiative developed a "Collaborative Hubs Model" to address OUD statewide. Innovative pieces include virtual "hub" and intensive efforts to build regional leaders in OUD treatment and recovery.

3B The Next Rural Mental Health Crisis - Examining First Responder Trauma

Supervisory Special Agent (ret) Corey Christman tells his story - a badge, a gun, service before self, integrity, suicide, death and a career laden with vicarious trauma and Post Traumatic Stress.

3C The Role of Comorbidities: Treating People with Epilepsy and Seizures

This session is a review of epilepsy, the impact of seizures and comorbidities and what resources are available for mental health providers to support people affected by epilepsy.

3D A Story of Childhood Trauma and Building a Resilient Rural Community

This workshop will allow learners to hear a story of childhood trauma; learn about the topics of social network and community; and learn about cultural and spiritual values when fostering resiliency within a rural community. The use of an Eco-Map will be utilized to demonstrate the importance of the social network and community when building resiliency.

3E Trauma Informed Care: An Organizational Change in Culture

The session will discuss the prevalence of trauma in our work with both consumers and professionals. We will explore ways organizations can work toward trauma informed care. There will also be discussion on Helen Farabee Center's journey towards becoming a trauma informed organization and the successes and barriers to the culture change.

Session 4 - Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

4A Boarding School Survivors (Film with Q&A)

The film makers will show a film and answer questions with participants.

4B Community Collaborations Meeting the Needs of Rural Comal County

The rural Comal County Integrated Care clinic is the result of multiple community stakeholders working together to meet the healthcare and behavioral health needs of a community with limited resources.

4C Military Culture vs Civilian Culture: The Missing Link in Treating Veterans

CANCELLED - This presentation will address barriers to the reintegration of veterans to civilian life. We will explore facets of military culture that results in the anger and distrust that impairs therapeutic alliances and address means of reducing those impediments.

4D Recovery-oriented Approaches to Integrated Practice: Skills and Resources

Explore SAMHSA's new virtual learning resources for recovery-oriented integrated practice. Topics include: introduction to integrated practice, team communication, collaborating with individuals and family members, improving health literacy, and supporting people with complex health/behavioral health conditions.

4E Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Mental Health, Wellness, and Educational Programs

How do educational programs retain rural and at-risk populations? By integrating behavioral and mental health coaching. This session focuses on the design and success of one such integrated program.

Session 5 - Saturday, August 25, 2018 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

5A Relationship Education for Emerging Leaders in the Military: A Partnership Between Extension and University Campus Based ROTC Cadets

An emerging partnership model between the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) to effectively deliver programming to equip emerging military leaders with relationship education knowledge and skills.

5B It's Not Just My Cell Battery That's Always Low!

The workshop will provide education and skills for clinicians to use to handle burnout and vicarious trauma from working with various rural clinical and substance using populations.

5C Strengthening Missouri's Behavioral Health System: Through Collaboration between Law Enforcement, Court, and Behavioral Health Providers

All community mental health centers employ one full-time CMHL to work exclusively with law enforcement and court personnel in their area to: 1) establish relationships across systems (crisis, law enforcement, courts), 2) answer questions about behavioral health issues and services available, 3) connect individuals to existing services, 4) facilitate resolutions to structural barriers, miscommunications, and consistent patterns that reduce access to services, and 5) provide behavioral health training to law enforcement and court personnel.

5D1 Barriers to Mental Health Care: Investigating Prevalence, Location, and Impact on Rural Communities

This investigation will examine the prevalence, location, and impact of mental health care barriers at the individual, family, and community levels. Analyses will examine the relationship between geographic location and specific barriers on help-seeking.

5D2 Rural Mothers' Understanding of the Affordable Care Act and Implications for Health and Mental Health

Rural mothers' experiences with the ACA will be discussed in relation to how we can facilitate access to health and mental health care, and policy considerations for supporting rural families.

5E Why Rural Mental Health Matters

Why does rural mental health matter? This presentation will seek to review the importance of rural mental health from three critical perspectives: Therapeutic, Social, and Educational.

Session 6 - Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

6A Integrating Wellness within Group Counseling for Latinx Adolescents

The purpose of this presentation is to bring forth the stories of Latinx adolescents (N = 4) in a rural community. Participants will gain an understanding of the psychological symptoms that youth experience, as well as learn about the effectiveness of a group counseling wellness experience to increase Latina/o adolescents' life satisfaction and hope.

6B Obstacles and Opportunities for Providing HIV/AIDS and Behavioral Healthcare in Rural Settings

This workshop will focus on the current status of behavioral healthcare within rural settings, and provide a review of key programming areas and insights to improve upon the integration of HIV/AIDS care, prevention and behavioral healthcare in rural settings.

6C Rural Mental Health: Promoting Resilience in Farmers and Ranchers

The suicide rate of farmers is concerning. Results of a mental health study in the Midwest will be provided, and strategies to promote resilience in farmers will be discussed.

6D Project ECHO: A Rural Solution for Identifying and Treating Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorders

ECHO is a rural solution for treating pain and substance use disorders. This session outlines an ECHO implemented in Nebraska connecting specialists with rural providers to improve patient care.

6E My Vet, My Hero: Healing a War Torn Relationship

Trauma, especially for Veterans, can leave lasting scars on relationships. Learn how to understand and resolve many of the challenges faced by our returning Veterans through a story of resiliency and triumph.

Session 7 - Saturday, August 25, 2018 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

7A1 The New Mexico Behavioral Health Gaps Analysis Survey: Strategies for Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses in Rural Behavioral Health Systems

The NM Behavioral Health Gaps Analysis Survey provides a model of how to identify existing services in a large rural state as well as gaps and barriers in providing services.

7A2 Culturally-tailored Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs in Australia

Rural and remote communities have different challenges which require culturally-tailored, awareness-raising, evidence-based prevention programs which improve resilience and decrease stigma thereby reducing pressure on the often limited clinical services.

7B Strengthening Families Program a Rural Family Resiliency Program

This presentation will discuss elements of social determines of mental health that the Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley program address. Included in the presentation will be an overview of the program prevention education and outcomes on family well-being and resiliency.

7C Co-Occurring Disorders: Taking Initiative and Expanding Our Scope

To ensure effective treatment of clients with co-occurring disorders in rural areas, join to learn about expanding scope of practice, medication assisted treatment, and methods to establish integrated care practices.

7D Telepractice: Widening the Doors for Rural Mental Health Services

This workshop will present the new opportunities telepractice creates for the expansion of mental health services to rural settings, followed by practical resources and information for engaging in telepractice.

7E1 Decolonizing Approaches to Inuit Community Wellness: Conversations with Elders in Nunavut Community

This presentation summarizes research based on discussions with Elders in a Nunavut community. Decolonizing approaches to community wellness are discussed that focus on community-based solutions with resilience and strength.

Session 8 - Sunday, August 26, 2018 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

8A Missouri's Journey Using Big Data to Improve Care

Missouri stakeholders will take you on their data journey as they define the key components of both getting data and making data work for you. The speakers will delineate the roadmap of Missouri's journey of determining data needs, evaluating health IT partners, and defining steps to meeting your data needs.

8B Telehealth ROCKS: Telemedicine Approaches for Improving Rural Access to Behavioral Care

Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach to the Children of Kansas) leverages telemedicine and telementoring to increase access to developmental and behavioral pediatrics clinical care to rural and underserved regions of Kansas.

8C1 Beyond CIT Classroom Training: Continuing Education for Law Enforcement

The CIT ECHO provides supplemental training for police officers to improve their interactions with people in behavioral health crisis. Preliminary outcome data will be presented and implications of findings discussed.

8C2 Native Veterans Transforming Their Lives on Indian Reservations through VA's CWT Program

VA's Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is an innovative work therapy program facilitating rural resilience and transforming the lives of Native Veterans on Indian Reservations.

8D Overcoming Challenges to Parent-Child Relational Problems in Rural Communities

This presentation will provide an overview on the challenges families in rural communities experience in managing relational conflicts, and will focus on strategies counselors can use with families for developing positive outcomes in their relationships.

8E The Child Development Project: An Update on Clinical Interventions with Infants and Young Children

This session focusses on developing resiliency in infants and young children in rural communities. A program delivery model for the next generation of rural families is presented. Participants will learn about the successes and challenges of our programming model, our partnerships and the possibility of adapting this clinical model to your community.

Session 9 - Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:55 AM - 11:55 AM

9A Missouri Emergency Room Enhancement Project

We describe how Missouri treatment providers have increased access to behavioral health care for individuals with behavioral health conditions by improving the coordination of care between hospitals, community mental health centers, and substance use treatment providers, thereby preventing unnecessary and costly emergency room visits.


9C Understanding Depression and Aging

This workshop will discuss assessing for depression in older adult clients. Many assume that depression is a normal part of aging but it is not. This assumption often results in aging individuals being underdiagnosed and undertreated.

9D A Guide for Mental Health Practice in Alaska Native Communities

Workshop participants will understand a 4-part fluid template that provides potential guidance for mental health providers serving Alaska Natives/Native Americans.